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German automotive giants Volkswagen and BMW have begun to suspend operations at a number of their plants, as just-in-time deliveries of wiring harnesses sourced from western Ukraine dry up owing to the Russian invasion.

According to business news agency Reuters, assembly lines at VW Group factories in Leipzig, Zwickau and Dresden have already ground to a halt. And its biggest domestic manufacturing presence in Wolfsburg is about to reduce output drastically.

BMW has also admitted to similar problems. A statement from the company said: “Due to supply bottlenecks, interruptions to our production will occur. We are in intensive discussions with our suppliers.” Whether BMW Motorrad’s Spandau bike plant in Berlin will be affected is unknown.

Wiring harness specialist Leoni has two plants in Ukraine, at Stryi and Kolomyja, both of which have shut down in response to the Russian military threat. Other wiring harness producers taking advantage of Ukraine’s lower-cost skilled work force include Forschner, Kromberg & Schubert, Prettl, SEBN and the Japanese firm Yazaki. 

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